Writing Day 2013

Well, hello to all of you who read this, whether die hard regulars or those who visit the odd post here or there. 

Today, is one of those days when I finally worked more on a novel project based in an idea that has been brewing since I was a very young woman. 

The local weather was above freezing.  During these next six weeks here in Northern Germany we will be passing through the tail end of the ‘dark half of the year’ and moving back into ‘the light half of the year’.  I have been through this very many times compared to those my age who have lived here the whole time, but I think I feel it as much as the plants do, which is a lot. 

Dailiness

Wherever one goes in life, it seems to me, that it can be wondrous or dreary.  The same place can be good or bad, depending on numerous factors.  Way back in the 1980s I saw a movie in which one of characters said, “Wherever you go; there you are.”  I believe the film was Buckaroo Banzai.  I think that makes an important point.  That granted, having met a number of people during my life, a lot of people have reported that an individual tends to do better in a location which is well suited to that person.  Some countryside folk move to cities.  Now and then, a person changes nations.  In many cases, a slightly different neighborhood in the same town can provide the solution. 

Preferences can relate to matters of climate, or work opportunities, education or lifestyle – one may well feel most comfortable being ‘normal’ or ‘the odd one’ depending on how one is. 

Everyone knows this, but somehow people can lose perspective.  Perspective loss can happen to anyone, but what triggers it varies.  Luckily, even though it can be lost, proper perspective regarding any situation can often be regained.

Food for thought for today, by the author of:  http://www.amazon.com/Five-Big-Questions-Life-answer/dp/1617208647/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1361999714&sr=1-1&keywords=Five+Big+Questions+in+Life

Failure

This message follows 2 previous attempts to provide material for a blog post.  Given the choice, today I chose daily activities.  Right now, the focus is on failure.  The reason for that is the information covered in the first sentence. 

I don’t have anything wildly exciting to report today, but what I am willing to share is that I have working more on writing nonfiction than fiction recently although I still do both.

Cosmetics

Like most women and most theatre people and ….some of the lads in certain kinds of rock bands, I know a little about using cosmetics.  Also like the majority of people, I do not know that much about them.  I learned most of what I know about it during middle school – when I actually went to a private school.  A lot of the time I went to a public school. 

One of the discoveries I made that freaked me out a bit was when I found that there is a brand of cosmetics called philosophy.  A warning to women: while I am in favor of there being women in the philosophical tradition, sometimes the openings occur when there is even less money in it than there was before, and despite the pervasive importance of philosophy, there is often not much money in it.  Every few decades there are a lot of job openings in it, and nowadays in Asia it is growing in popularity as school curriculum. 

If you are a teenager you love may be interested in philosophy, please click on the link for an introductory booklet designed to cover some serious ground in short order.  By a lady who hoped to teach a lot more than the 30 students she has had so far.  http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Five+Big+Questions+in+Life

Foreign Deities *This is a copy of a comment to another person’s blog

I met Hanuman in England. I was a bit puzzled about how this Hindu deity was making my acquaintance. Being a Christian tradition bound person…I found it ok in most ways but also felt puzzled regarding what this means about ‘the truth about what deity really is or are’. From my spiritual tradition, there is only one deity. ….I studied a lot and ended up re-interpreting this to mean that there is only one divine essence but it can emanate and manifest into multiple forms…I find it challenging to not be tricked into either hypocrisy or religious intolerance. Being a Northern human (a ‘white person’) there are some deities from the genetic ancestors and the local and ethnic cultures. Nevertheless, somehow I met and befriended Hanuman. When I suffer from the illogic of it and the religious tension I came up with a joke…for instance,…as a Christian in India, one might say, “My God is from out of town!” I have never seen a Hanuman temple until I saw your post but was a little surprised because I already knew all the stories your refer to in the post – I learned them in England in the 1990s.